Want to give back to a charity through eating? The New York City Wine & Food Festival does just this! Join us as we dive into the deliciousness of the largest wine and food festival in New York City.
2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel – New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF)
The NYCWFF is back for another year of food and wine tastings, culinary demonstrations, cooking classes, celebrity chef events, rooftop parties, and more! It’s a great event because you drink and eat (obviously) but more so because the money is donated to a charity. There’s also the fact that it’s a star-studded affair. If the names Giada De Laurentiis, Rachel Ray, Robert Irvine, or Katherine Heigl ring a bell, read on!
NYCWFF Annual Event
Every major player in the food industry attends the NYCWFF along with a few fun, non-food related celebrities. The event is usually held downtown in Chelsea Market (home to the Food Network) or uptown on Pier 92. In whatever location they choose, it’s enormous. You can spend hours at NYCWFF indulging your inner gourmand.
What do you do at the NYCWFF? You eat, learn, and mingle with food aficionados! It’s a grand gathering where you wander the complex from stands to stages. Local and national food vendors hand out sample products, all the while cooking demonstrations, seminars, wine tastings, and book signings by celebrity chefs occur. What could be better than this?
As an attendee you get a lot of free samples and swag bags of goodies from sponsors of the event. I’ve got to say, nothing gets me giddy quite like free stuff and food samples. The excitement, the noise, the choices – it’s a busy, busy event with a cacophony of aromas. My only wish is that I could have a bigger stomach to handle it all.
Many things occur simultaneously, so wear your walking shoes and plan what you want to do ahead of time. This especially means securing your tickets in advance for the events you’d like to attend. If you’re worried about some of the pricier dinners or tastings with top chefs, there are many options that are under $100. Here is the NYCWFF event schedule.
Peruse the vendor stands as you sip on champagne and learn about the artistic, knowledgeable, and tasty ways these chefs put food together. It always inspires me to go home, roll up my sleeves, and get down to business in the kitchen. There are stands for national suppliers, but the ones you want to make sure to find are the restaurateur ones. These are artisan, local, and delicious. I love that you can sample the food from these establishments because it helps you curate your own list of restaurants to go to on a future date.
Copious amounts of wine are on-hand. There seemed be more than 100 wine and spirit vendors present offering you sample after sample. You could do some serious pre-gaming here. I’ve got to hand it to the folks organizing NYCWFF. When you first walk into the event, you’re given wine glasses attached to a lanyard string that goes around your neck. Yay – hands-free!
NYCWFF Cooking Demonstrations
Oh yes. Give me the secrets. Demonstrations are sprinkled about with local NYC or famous chefs acting as hosts. What I like is that they have book signings for many of the more famous food figures after their demonstrations. It’s awesome that you can meet the people that you know and love on channels like the Food Network.
The NYCWFF Grand Tasting
The is the big event of the NYCWFF and is described as their culinary wonderland. Witness cool cooking techniques, have larger portion tastings, find new recipes, and taste the most sought-after wines and dishes from around the world. This is where you’re most likely to find the more famous names as well.
What’s great about NYC is the nightlife and the fun at the NYCWFF doesn’t end with the sun. For that matter, it also doesn’t need the shade of night as an excuse to party. Attend an outdoor barbecue with Bobby Flay during the day or dress up for the masquerade party at night.
Another cool option is to buy tickets to attend one of the elegant sit-down dinners. They pretty much have everything that fits your style.
The annual New York Wine & Food Festival is held every fall over the course of 4 days. As of this writing they’ve raised over $9.5 million dollars to fight world hunger. 100% of the net proceeds goes to the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank in NYC.
All of this sounds pretty great, right? Don’t take my word for it – GO!